Outdoor Living Scandi style

This month on Design Hunter, we're focusing on outdoor living. I'm in the middle of planning a redesign of our garden at the moment so it's a subject I've been delving into a lot lately. Stay tuned for lots more on this subject!

Today I wanted to introduce Skargaarden, a Swedish company who produce furniture of uncomplicated beauty, but with intricate detail and expert craftsmanship. Described as "furniture for tranquility", this is furniture for "moments free from commitments and responsibilities" rather than for a specific place, and most of the pieces in the collection would look just as at home indoors as they do outdoors. The colourful chairs in the Reso dining series (above) designed by Matilda Lindblom being a case in point.

Newly represented in the UK by London based design practice Douglas & Baron, their philosophy is rooted in traditional craftsmanship with a more than a nod towards 1950s style bent wood and teak. The collection evokes the kind of carefree summer living most of us dream about, and the lookbook left me wanting to leave the package holiday hoards behind and head north to enjoy the quieter pleasures of a Scandinavian summer.

Quite possibly the most covetable outdoor furniture I've come across.

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Five Things - #008 Tropical Foliage


Competition | The new Kelly Hoppen range for Crosswater

Let's start the week off with a giveaway!

This week Crosswater are launching their KH ZERO 6 range, the latest in a series of bathroom taps designed by Kelly Hoppen. To celebrate they are offering one lucky Design Hunter reader the chance to win one of the taps from the new collection.

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Ceramic Patchwork by Zoe Hillyard at Unravelling Uppark

I've been meaning to feature Zoe Hillyard's Ceramic Patchwork on Design Hunter for some time. Last week I'd planned to write about the the work she is currently exhibiting at Uppark House, a National Trust property in West Sussex, but somehow Clerkenwell Design Week and other events got in the way. Writing this post now, in the aftermath of the awful fire that ripped through Glasgow School of Art last week, the story behind Zoe's work seems to have a particular resonance.

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Store Spotlight | Dinosaur Designs

Australian jewellery and homeware brand Dinosaur Designs is set to land in the UK this summer when the company opens its first UK store in the Ham Yard urban village redevelopment in the heart of Soho. Revolving around a tree filled garden that will include personally selected retailers and a restaurant and bar alongside the Kit Kemp designed hotel, Ham Yard will be Firmdale Hotels' eighth London property.

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Textiles woven from Himalayan giant nettle

At Clerkenwell this week Studio 23 presented textiles woven from Himalyan giant nettle, known as Allo.

Smilar to linen, the fabric is made by weavers from a small, remote mountain village in eastern Nepal. Fibre taken from the stem of the nettles is hand spun and made into textiles which are then traditionally used to make sacks, bags, straps, jackets or knotted fishing nets.

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Design Hunter loves...

...this minimal Japanese briefcase style bag.

Created from a special type of hard-to-tear paper called 'Naoron' made using recycled polyester fibres from used plastic bottles and textile products, the bags are soft and flexible, water resistant and designed to hold up to 10kg worth of contents.

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